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caracole

[kar-uh-kohl] /ˈkær əˌkoʊl/
noun
1.
a half turn executed by a horse and rider.
2.
Rare. a winding staircase.
verb (used without object), caracoled, caracoling.
3.
to execute caracoles; wheel.
Origin of caracole
1650-1660
1650-60; < French < Spanish caracol snail, spiral shell or stair, turning movement (of a horse)
Related forms
caracoler, noun
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  • The horse of one of these cavaliers made a caracole which brought it nearly upon Alain as he was about to cross.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • When she found herself alone, she let her pony prance and caracole under a great pear-tree, and inwardly chafed against Anton.

    Debit and Credit Gustav Freytag
British Dictionary definitions for caracole

caracole

/ˈkærəˌkəʊl/
noun
1.
(dressage) a half turn to the right or left
2.
a spiral staircase
verb (intransitive)
3.
(dressage) to execute a half turn to the right or left
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Spanish caracol snail, spiral staircase, turn
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